Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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Features 16/01/2019

Testogel, doctors, British Cycling, TUEs & a false perception of cheating

In September 2016, illegal hacking group Fancy Bears published documents containing a number of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) held by Sir Bradley Wiggins. Evidence later emerged that British Cycling spent £1,263.90 to send Women’s road coach Simon Cope to France for one day to deliver a package to Wiggins...

News 16/01/2019

Slovenian cyclist confirms supplement resulted in 10 month ban

Janez (Jani) Brajkovič has been sanctioned with a ten month ban due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methylhexanamine from a sample taken on 18 April during the Tour of Croatia, which the Slovenian cyclist has blamed on a meal supplement. Brajkovič’s ban will expire on 1 June,...

News 14/01/2019

JOC President investigated by French police on corruption charges

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), is being investigated by French police as part of a probe into alleged corruption related to Japan’s successful bid to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, reports Reuters. It is understood that France’s Parquet National Financier is investigating a payment made...

Opinion 14/01/2019

How sport’s failure to hold Russia to account led to an unacceptable situation

On Friday, a Russian court rejected an appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) against a November ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which upheld an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to disqualify Alexander Zubkov from the Sochi 2014 Olympics, where he took two gold medals....

News 11/01/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 January 2019

• The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded Egypt the right to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCoN), after withdrawing the hosting rights from Cameroon following concerns it had not made adequate preparations. Last month, the Ivory Coast football association (FIF) appealed to the Court of...

News 11/01/2019

Arbitrator lifts Taekwondo coaching ban on Jean Lopez

Jean Lopez is free to return to coaching Taekwondo after an Arbitration Panel ruled that his name should be removed from the US Centre for SafeSport’s sanctioned list, reports USA Today. Lopez was declared permanently ineligible by USA Taekwondo in April last year. He and his brother, two-time Olympic...

Features 09/01/2019

WADA denies ‘moving the goalposts’ on access to Moscow Lab data

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Compliance Review Committee (CRC) has denied changing its June 2018 requirements regarding access to the data held at the Moscow Laboratory, thereby enabling the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) reinstatement on 20 September last year. However Jonathan Taylor, the CRC’s Chair, admitted that it backed...

News 07/01/2019

WADA’s Intelligence & Investigations Department covering 20% of cases

Günter Younger, Director of Intelligence and Investigations for the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA), told its Executive Committee that his Department is covering less than 20% of cases referred to it, compared to the 12% outlined in an April 2018 audit. WADA has clarified that this doesn’t mean that doping...

News 07/01/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 January 2019

• Austrian billiards player Mario Yi Tong, who won the 8 ball tournament at the 2012 European Pool Championships, has been sanctioned with a four month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for hydrochlorothiazide. Tong’s sanction will run from the date of his 10 October out of...

Features 04/01/2019

WADA’s Seychelles ExCo minutes show pressure was put on Scott

The minutes from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 20 September Executive Committee meeting show that two of its members were forced to intervene after pressure was put on Beckie Scott, Chairman of its Athlete Committee, by the Olympic Movement. WADA yesterday announced that Covington & Burling LLP has been...

News 02/01/2019

Russia misses deadline to provide Moscow Laboratory data to WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that Russia has missed its 31 December deadline to provide access to data held at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, to which the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SKR or Sledcom) has refused access since launching a June 2016 investigation into Russian doping....

News 31/12/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 December 2018

• Shashi Tharoor, MP for Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the Indian State of Kerala, has introduced a private members’ Bill that would criminalise sporting fraud and regulate online sports betting. It is understood that Tharoor plans to present his Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018, before the...

News 31/12/2018

Politicians call for Commission of Inquiry into Zimbabwe Cricket

Zimbabwean politicians have called for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged mismanagement of Zimbabwe cricket by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board (ZCB). It is alleged that: • although the ZCB was debt free in 2004, mismanagement has resulted the ZCB amassing debts of over US$13 million;• the ZCB misappropriated...

News 31/12/2018

RUSADA announces the sanction of six athletes for doping violations

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced that a powerlifter, two skiers and three weightlifters have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRV). Powerlifter Klyukin Fedor (Клюкина Федора) has been sanctioned with a two year ban for participating whilst disqualified, RUSADA announced. In September 2016, Fedor was sanctioned with...

News 28/12/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 28 December

• Alexander Krushelnitskiy (Александр Александрович Крушельницкий) filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) Appeals Division on 25 December, said the Russian curler’s agent in a Facebook post. On 4 December, the CAS Anti-Doping Division sanctioned with a four year ban, after he was disqualified from...

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